It's 1928 in oil rich southeast Kansas. High school seniors Bud Stamper and Deanie Loomis are in love with each other. Bud, the popular football captain, and Deanie, the sensitive soul, are "good" kids who have only gone as far as kissing. Unspoken to each other, they expect to get married to each other one day. But both face pressures within the relationship, Bud who has the urges to go farther despite knowing in his heart that if they do that Deanie will end up with a reputation like his own sister, Ginny Stamper, known as the loose, immoral party girl, and Deanie who will do anything to hold onto Bud regardless of the consequences. They also face pressures from their parents who have their own expectation for their offspring. Bud's overbearing father, Ace Stamper, the local oil baron, does not believe Bud can do wrong and expects him to go to Yale after graduation, which does not fit within Bud's own expectations for himself. And the money and image conscious Mrs. Loomis just wants...
A LOVE STORY UNLIKE ANY OTHERS !!
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Did You Know?
For the scene in which Deanie tries to drown herself in the lake, Natalie Wood
asked Elia Kazan
if she could do it in a controlled studio tank because she had a great fear of water - particularly dark water. "I assured her it was a very shallow lake and that her feet would always be close to the bottom," said Kazan. "She said that even if her feet were on the bottom, she'd be in a panic of fear about it. So I asked my assistant, Charlie Maguire, to get into the water with her, just out of camera range, while she played the scene of struggling to save herself. This didn't entirely reassure her, but she did the scene and did it well - then clutched Charlie. 'Cut!' I cried. On dry land she continued to shake with fear, then laughed hysterically, with relief." See more
During the locker-room shower sequence, Gary Lockwood is seen taking a shower. His shorts are visible. See more
Bud, I'm afraid. Oh, Bud... don't, Bud.
No... we mustn't, Bud... no... no...
[he gets out of the car
Bud, don't be mad.
I better take you home.
and introducing Warren Beatty See more
Auld Lang Syne
Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung on New Year's Eve See more